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on anti-ke pills. if the situation gets worse, it's possible that that radiation release could spread to other parts of japan. it does not appear that it poses any threat to either hawaii or territories or the rest of the united states. andrea mitchell just sat down with secretary of state hillary clinton in cairo. what she says about the crisis in japan, the wave of revolutions in the middle east and her surprise stop today in tahrir square. >> it's very exciting and very moving. and to see where this revolution happened and all that it has meantç to the world is extraordinary for me. also this hour, our exclusive with senator kirsten gillibrand. what she's calling on the president to do in terms of ending the war in afghanistan.
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good day, everybody, i'm nora o'donnell live in washington. andrea's completed interview is straight ahead. we begin with japan. first the human toll. six days after the quake and tsunami, the official figures stand at 4,164 dead. 7,843 missing. the total now more than 12,000. at the fukushima nuclear plant, workers are desperately trying to cool the reactors. two reactors are believed to have been damaged. two more are at risk of overheating. and plans to drop water via helicopter were scrapped due to high levels of radiation. also, members of the u.s. military have now been ordered to stay at least 50 miles away from the plant unless they have special authorization. the evacuation zone for japanese civilians is just over ten miles. and the european union's energy chief said today the site is effectively out of control and suggested things may get catastrophically worse very
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soon. on capitol hill today, energy secretary steven chu said it's the worst nuclear disaster in a generation. >> i think the events unfolding in japan incidents actually appear to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent we don't really know now. and so as they're unfolding very rapidly on an hour-by-hour, day-by-day basis and there are conflicting reports, so we don't really know in detail what's happening. amazing admission from the energy secretary. also president obama is reviewing u.s. assistance for japan and will meet with u.said at 1:30 this afternoon. overseas andrea is traveling with secretary of state clinton and covered it all. >> reporter: in the middle east,
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secretary clinton and all u.s. officials are concerned about the tragedy in japan. when i sat down with her today, i asked her about japan and the implications for u.s. nuclear energy policy. >> andrea, that's one of the questions that is obviously going to have to be examined. and right now, we are focused on trying to deal with the immediate disaster, earthquake, tsunami, nuclear reactor problems. we're doing everything we can to support japan, and we're doing everything we can to assist american citizens because their health and safety is obviously our highest concern. and we're following this very fast-moving dynamic situation literally, you know, minute by minute. so in the immediate short term, we have a lot that we have to handle. and in the longer term, you're right. this raises questions that everybody in the world will have to answer. but for us right now, just trying to stay very connected
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with our japanese friends, we have nuclear regulatory commission experts, department of energy experts, others who are on the ground in japan working with their counterparts to try to mitigate the effects of this particular disaster. >> some people have suggested that the japanese were reluctant to take advice, nuclear advice, initially. and waited too long. >> i can't comment on that because i'm not a nuclear expert. i know that our experts were immediately in communication with their japanese counterparts. but the scale of this crisis was so immense and so unprecedented to have the earthquake followed by the tsunami, followed by the problems in the nuclear reactors, that our goal now is just to do everything weç can assist the japanese to do the humanitarian work. we have search and rescue teams on the ground from los angeles, from fairfax, virginia, our naval assets, our brave navy men
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and women are doing a lot in the humanitarian relief delivery. so we're just so busy trying to assist, and so is the rest of the world. japan is historically such a generous country. everyone is rushing so try to reciproca reciprocate. and i know how hard it is to make decisions in the midst of fast-moving disastrous events. but we're doing everything we can to help the japanese as they struggle with these tough calls they're making. >> do you have concerns about nuclear power in the united states? >> i have concerns about a lot of our energy issues because clearly, we're talking here in cairo in the middle east in a region that supplies a lot of oil. we have oil dependence problems. we have nuclear power safety issues and waste disposal problems. we have the difficulties of getting a lot of the renewables
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like wind and solar and others up to scale. and we have a really hard challenge convincing people that energy efficiency is actually the most effective way to try to lower our energy costs and usage. we need an energy policy. that's something president obama has said repeatedly. and we need it to be yesterday. and it's got to be comprehensive. i think what's happening in japan raises questions about the costs and the risks associated with nuclear power. but we have to answer those. we get 20% of our energy right now in the united states from nuclear power. so we've got to really get serious about an energy policy that is going to meet our needs in the future. >>ç andrea also spoke with secretary clinton about the political unrest in the middle east, specifically in libya, bahrain and egypt. we'll have more of her interview coming up in this hour. and now to the fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern japan. new satellite photos show extensive damage at three of
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four reactors there. here's what we know. reactor one exploded saturday, destroying the outer building but leaving the core intact. number two exploded yesterday, damaging steel walls containing the reactor core. an explosion in number three also damaged the containment building. potentially radioactive steam is venting from both of those reactors. and a fire broke out at reactor four today. the worry there is that the spent fuel rods being stored above the core will overheat. with me now, david albright, president of isis which specializes in global nuclear activity. david, it's great to have you. thanks so much for joining us. what is your biggest concern today? >> well, i think the biggest concern has to be getting some of these troubling issues about having enough water, settling those. they had to cancel their effort to try to put water into the spent fuel ponds.
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they have now said they're worried about the overheating of spent fuel at both reactor three and four. and it's very dangerous if the spent fuel is exposed. they've said some of it has been exposed already. and what you risk by exposing the spent fuel is more major releases of radiation. it's not meant to be outside of water. and it does not -- it can decompose. in fact, it can burn. and so you have to be very vigorous in trying to stop the heating of the spent fuel. the japanese officials, i guess yesterday their time, raised thç issue of there's a low probability event, but who would have thought it's even possible, what's called a criticality accident in a spent fuel pond, where the chain reaction, kind of the nuclear reaction, could start again. and so they're also rushing to try to put in neutron absorbers that can stop that from happening. and so they're trying to get
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boron into these spent fuel ponds at the same time they're trying to get water that would cool it. i think the spent fuel ponds are the most urgent. but we've been surprised, and so you have to worry, have containments been breached in two of the reactors? will more radioactive contamination come out? will there be a meltdown? there's a lot to worry about, unfortunately. >> there is a lot to worry about. and what does it tell you that they had to briefly evacuate the 50 workers who were there, that the efforts to dump more water on, they had to pull back those choppers because of concerns about radiation risks, that even the u.s. military is now being told to stay 50 miles away. again and again, it seems like the news keeps getting worse. >> well, that's right. and so right around the reactors, particularly at the spent fuel ponds aren't filled with water, the spent fuel becomes a very large radiation source. and then you have radiation coming out of the reactors. and so it's a very dangerous environment for workers. and evidently it reached a point
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where they had to leave the site for an hour. and the japanese haven't -- although they gave a reading at the site boundary where the public could be, although thank god they're evacuated, but they are -- in one half hour, if you stood there, you would get as much radiation as you'd get in a whole year from what we call background radiation. so it's a very high dose rate. on the site, i assume they're lethal. and that's why they had to evacuate during this very intense period. >> and david, you have indicated you believe that we will pick up levels of radiation here in the u.s. soon. but those would not be dangerous levels, correct? >> çno, no. and i want to be clear. there's gas that comes out of this reactor. some things could get lofted. i think we'll detect radiation in small amounts. we should not be worried about it at all. i was a little worried when i said that this morning, i wasn't really meant to analyze the situation. we deal in the nuclear area and
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the capabilities to detect minute amounts of radiation are tremendous. and so i assume we will detect some, but it's not to be worried about. and president obama was right that we don't face a risk at this point in time from that -- from those reactors. >> all right. david albright with good information. david, thank you so much. we should point out, however, that the general consensus is that the u.s. will not see any ill effects from the crisis in japan and that buying and taking some of these potassium iodide pills are fruitless. we want to bring in dr. nancy snyderman, nbc's chief medical editor, joins us now. it's amazing. i went online myself to check, called around to a couple stores here in washington, see if we could get our hands on any of these potassium iodide tablets. nowhere in d.c. we could find could you get them. online if you check any of these major websites, they are sold out. is this a little bit of sort of out-of-control fear that's going
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on? >> yeah, we're rushing to the conclusion that just because something horrific has happened in japan, that it's just about to happen here. and these thyroid medications, this iodide like the one i have here, this one on the back says use under the guidance of a public health official in case of a nuclear threat. well, the united states isn't under a nuclear threat. and i think we've heard -- we've heard consistently from really, really smart people in this field that right now this is contained to japan. it is horrific what has happened in januapan, but even as the ai streams pick up particulate water, it will be in doses so small that even people on the west coast are not going to be affected. so the amount of money that people are spending, and frankly a lot of the costs are jacked up like çcrazy, it's just not mon well spent. and unless you're planning on going into an irradiated area, you don't have to take this for
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protection. once you've been dosed, it doesn't help you that well. the whole idea of it blocks you from being infected somewhere down the line. >> people in japan are worried about it, getting tested for radiation. are u.s. military forces are now being told to stay 50 miles away, and many of them are being given the iodide pills or they're calling them nuke pills in some circumstances. are our military forces in danger? >> that's where it's smart. look, this has been such a fluid situation over the last few days. we see people come in, go out. we really, i think, hour by hour have different information coming out of this power plant. so what the military has done is really the prudent thing. you take people away from harm's way. you protect those who are going to have to come in by giving them the medication. and for those people who are exposed, you immediately bathe
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them, get the radioactive material off their skin and throw away their clothes. this morning you may have seen lester holt's shoes picked up a little bit of radio active material, probably not enough to hurt him but enough for him not to bring those shoes back to the united states, so he pitched them. that's the smart thing. i think while americans really worry about what about me, what about me, this is time for all of us to take our collective breath and say what can we do to help the japanese? certainly for most of us, self-dosing doesn't make any sense. and if you have an allergy to iodine or shellfish or frankly you think that the dose for your six-month-old is the same dose as for an adult, you could be putting yourself in harm's way. so for right now, no dosing. >> very important message from dr. nancy snyderman. thank you so much for joining us. appreciate it. up next, some news on the budget battle here in washington. isç washington really as brokes lawmakers make it seem? that's next on "andrea mitchell reports." the actual whole grain
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back here in washington, the house narrowly passed its sixth spending bill. republican leaders signaled it's likely to be the last one. in a mini-rebellion, 54 republicans broke with their speaker, speaker boehner, saying the bill just stalled as a showdown with the president they want to have. they say the country is too broke for half-measures. >> the president of the united states who has the audacity to send us a budget with a $1.65 trillion deficit -- >> look, america gets it. we're $1.5 trillion in deficit. >> they kept kicking the can down the road, refusing to make hard decisions as it relates to spending. >> i say let's cut some
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spending.ç and let's cut it now. and let's cut it today. >> well, in a provocative new column, a columnist says the country isn't broke. all right, e.j., what do you mean? how can you say there is no crisis? >> what does it mean -- good to be with you, by the way -- what does it mean when we say we're broke? it means we've been out of money, we can't increase our income, we've got to go into bankruptcy court. if you take the federal government, we are in this strait partly because of an economic downturn, things get better when the economy gets better. we're also in this trouble because we cut faxes and started two wars at the same time back at the beginning of the last decade. >> but how can you say we're not broke? we are $14 trillion in debt. we've got to raise the debt ceiling for the tenth time in ten years again. in april. >> if you went back to bill clinton's tax rates, and as i recall, a lot of rich people did very well. the country did very well.
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we added over 20 million jobs. you raise $4 trillion over ten years, about the same amount as you get, you do all this stuff -- >> why do we need to raise taxes if we're not broke? >> what i'm saying is we have a deficit problem but we're not broke. and there's a difference. and i think the people who want to say we're broke are not willing to look at any kind of revenue. i mean, the president's been reluctant on revenue, but he's said, look, let's go after these special breaks for the oil companies, let's put limits on the duckeductions, in other wor we can cut programs and go after social security and medicare. and yeah, if you cut and cut, you might get there. but people don't want that. polls show they don't want that. we need some revenue. but we're not going broke. people are still buying our bonds. they're still at a very low rate. and what i'm worried about when people say we're broke, it creates this fake crisis. we don't have a crisis. we have a problem. when you have a problem, you don't rush to do something that
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doesn't make sense. you sit down and say, how do we solve this problem rationally? metaphors for the family archt perfect, but when a family hacça problem, they sort of try to figure it out. we can figure this out, but revenue has to be part of the package. >> all right, no crisis, but revenue's got to be part of it. great column today, really sort of taking apart the republicans' argument. thanks. appreciate it. coming up, does sarah palin know something we don't know about the recent spike in gas prices? and check this out. italian premier silvio berlusconi. issues a new defense against sex charges. his age. the 74-year-old says he's too old to have all the sex prosecutors are accusing him of. berlusconi tells an italian opposition newspaper, quote, 33 girls in two months seems like too much for even a 30-year-old. time for the "your business" entrepreneur of the week.
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according to sarah palin, high prices at the pump are the president's fault and the white house is intentionally driving up gas prices.ç politico's chief investigative reporter ken vogel joins us now. all right, ken. sarah palin did not make this charge in an interview or on television. she did it again by just posting this criticism on facebook. what about this? i mean, she's one of several republicans who's now made this argument. but what about the middle east? >> that certainly would seem to be the overriding factor responsible for high oil prices and therefore gas prices. however, she's making the point that the president's support for a moratorium on offshore drilling in the wake of the disaster in the gulf of mexico as well as his proposal to end tax incentives for certain types of exploring and other regulatory policies are contributing to the high price. certainly there is an argument to be made from that
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perspective. and she does have expertise in domestic oil production. however, agree that unrest in the middle east seems to be the overriding factor here behind high gas prices. >> another interesting development today with sarah palin. she has always been a polarizing political figure, but she's always polled pretty well among republicans. and yet today in a new poll, we see a drift downward, right? >> yeah, that's right. she has high 30s unfavorablity among republicans. that's way higher than any other perspective 2012 candidates. however, we also have to consider that she also has high favorability. she has 58% favorability which is right up there with the best of the prospective republican candidates for the 2012 nomination. it just goes to show she's very well known. she's disliked by a lot. and she's very much beloved by a lot of folks. >> yeah. pretty stunning to see her numbers drop so significantly among republicans and
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republican-leading independents. ken vogel, good to see you. like the beard. >> thank you very much. coming up, married gay couples are denied benefits and protections under the law. well, today some democratic senators are working to repeal the defense ofç marriage act. but will president obama back the bill? new york senator kirsten gillibrand joins us exclusively next on "andrea mitchell reports." ♪ ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] with amazing innovation, driven by relentless competition, wireless puts the world at your command.
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hearts go out to the people of japan including our employees and their families. and a little hope out of the tragedy, a doctor who remained at his post to treat victims at a tsunami-ravaged hospital made it to another town three days later just in time to witness the birth of his own son. and the u.s. has spent several -- sent several specialized teams to aid in research h search and rescueç efforts. one of them is working in and around the port town devastated by the tsunami. michael schoff is their battalion chief, and he joins us now via phone. michael, thank you so much for joining us. i understand that you choppered in, you got a view of the damage from above. just how drastic was the widespread destruction? what did you see? >> as you come in over the coast, you see the first couple hundred yards of the coast has been wiped clean by the tsunami. then all the debris, the homes,
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the boats that were along the area picked up and moved inland and stacked on top of each other or destroyed completely. >> have you ever seen anything like it? >> no, this is the first time i've seen such widespread damage in such an area, you know, where people have lived and worked. >> and with such utter devastation, are you finding anyone alive? >> no, we have not found any live victims. across from where we were working on the other side of the bay, they found an elderly woman in that location there. as we continue to work today and tomorrow, we still are hopeful that we can find some live victims. >> well, michael schaff with the fairfax county urban search and rescue near us here in washington, thank you and good luck to you and your team. >> all right. thank you. the top commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus, was on capitol hill today for a second round of hearings on the war efforts.
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after being criticized in the senate yesterday for mixed messages on afghan troop withdrawals, the general today told the house the summer start date will include some combat troops. he mentioned no specifics but says he's confident about the mission. >> if i ever felt that we couldn't achieve our objectives, that i would be very forthright with my chain of command, with the president of the united states and with all of you. my son is in uniform, and lieutenant petraeus just completed a tour in afghanistan which thankfully we were able to keep very quiet. very important. i candidly -- i mean, i understand the impatience of the u.s. people. i'm impatient. >> here now exclusively, senator kirsten gillibrand of the armed services committee. she is demanding a clear redeployment plan from the white house by july 31st. senator, good to see you. thank you so much for joining us. >> good to talk to you, nora. >> you're on the armed services
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committee. you guys interviewed general petraeus yesterday. we're supposed to have a withdrawal of forces in july. but do you have any sense about how many combat forces that will be? we currently have 100,000. how big will this -- or small -- will this drawdown be? >> well, we don't know. and conditions on the ground will inform our generals about what they will want to do. but what i'm calling for is a clear plan, a clear strategic redeployment plan, an agreement with the afghan people because the reality is, is we have to create a sense of urgency amongst the afghan leadership and the afghan people that they have to take security into their own hands. this kind of agreement can be used as a political tool to really create that sense of urgency so that the u.s. can let their forces be able to be redeployed so that the afghan security forces can take over. >> i have to tell you, i thought there was going to be a significant withdrawal of troops in july, a significant drawdown of 100,000 people. and then yesterday it seemed that the general was indicating
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it would just be support troops, no combat troops. today he clarified, and the house said it would be a mix of both. are you thinking that it could just be just a few thousand in july? >> well, i hope that's not the case because the reality is, president karzai is not a reliable partner. any plan, any book written on counterinsurgency says to be effective, you need a reliable partner. and karzai has been unwilling to enforce a rule of law. he will not convict drug dealers, drug traffickers, corruption his own government. and without that support and partnership, the great work that our troops are doing is not sustainable. and i'll tell you, i wasç justn afghanistan and pakistan. we have the 10th mountain division deployed, and they're credible men and women who are doing god's work and making a difference. but we need a reliable partner, and karzai is not that partner we need. >> let me ask you about a "washington post"/abc news poll. 73% support giving women direct combat roles.
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25% oppose. if you talk to a lot of women, which i have, veterans who served in iraq and afghanistan, they say they're practically in combat already. do you support allowing women to serve in combat? >> i do. >> all right. there's a quick answer. and let me ask you, senator gillibrand, about another big piece of news you and some other senators are engaged in today. and that is a repeal of the defense of marriage act. we know married gay couples are denied a lot of benefits and protections under the law. here's my question. is president obama going to support the repeal of the defense of marriage act? >> i believe he will. he's already instructed his department of justice not to appeal the constitutionality rulings with regard to the defense of marriage act. the reality is is all loving couples, all committed families, should have the rights and benefits guaranteed under the federal law. and there's no reason why -- my husband and i and the benefits my children have -- should not be shared by all loving couples. and that's why this has to be a national priority. there's no room for discrimination here in america. there's no room for this unfairness.
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and we should let all loving couples be married and be able to have those rights and privileges. >> finally, senator, i want to ask you about -- i know you and some of your colleagues had a fund-raiser last night for congresswoman gabby giffords who was shot and still recovering. how is congresswoman giffords doing? >> she's doing great. i hear regularly from her husband, mark, and he's an extraordinary man who loves his wife very much. she's doing great, inspires all of us, getting better every day, making progress with her speech, with her physical therapy. she's speaking inç sentences n. and before you know it, it will be paragraphs. and before you know it, she'll be back here. >> that's great to here, that's news that she's speaking in sentences. so has she indicated that she plans to return to congress full time? >> i don't know -- certainly not to me. i'm going to go out and visit her next week. and i hope to get to talk to her and see how she's doing face to face. but, you know, she's an incredible person. she's got so much courage and
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strength and drive. frankly, she's an inspiration for all of us. and i just hope that she does return to congress. and i expect she will. >> all right. senator kirsten gillibrand from new york. senator, good to see you. thanks so much for joining us. >> you're welcome. up next, a one-on-one with secretary of state hillary clinton. what she just said about today's bloody clarks y clashes in bah. and are we running out of time in libya? part two of andrea's exclusive interview next. the markets never stop moving. of course, neither do i. solution: td ameritrade mobile. i can enter trades. on the run. even futures and forex. complex options? done. the market shifts... i get an alert. thank you. live streaming audio. advanced charts. look at that. all right here. wherever "here" happens to be.
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take their own lives. plus, fed up in miami-dade. voters oust their mayor in an historic and humiliating recall. nearly nine out of every ten voted to remove the mayor for increasing his staff's pay and tax hikes. i'm going to talk with the car dealership magnate who started the recall campaign. and topping the headlines on "andrea mitchell reports," the u.s. embassy in japan is advising american citizens within 50 miles of japan's crippled nuclear site to evacuate or seek shelter as engineers continue to try and contain soaring radiation levels. two transportation security administration officials were no-shows at a congressional hearing this morning where they were set to testify on those controversial full-body scan technology. after being raked over the coals by republican lawmakers, they have agreed to testify this afternoon. the pentagon began flying unarmed drones over mexico last
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month, an effort to step up u.s. assistance in the mexican drug war. the flights aim to gather intelligence to locate traffickers and follow their networks. and cia contractor raymond davis has been released from jail in pakistan after nearly two months of detention. and despite reports from pakistan that the u.s. paid blood money, secretary clinton just said in cairo that the u.s. did not pay compensation to the families. she did not dispute that the men's familiesç were compensat by someone else. and the u.n. is calling for an immediate cease-fire in libya as gadhafi forces relentlessly attacked rebel strongholds. some members of the u.n. security council are still calling for a no-fly zone which the u.s. has set to sanction. andrea mitchell has more with secretary of state clinton in cairo. >> reporter: thanks, nora. as you know, the u.s. is under increasing pressure from libyan rebels to supply military aid and a no-fly zone. i asked secretary clinton about
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that when we sat down today. >> well, as you know, i've consulted with our european and arab partners in the last two days. i've also met with the leader of the libyan opposition. we are working very hard in new york with members of the security council and others because we believe that we have to take steps to try to protect innocent civilians and we cannot do it without international authority. the arab countries, with their statement through the arab league last saturday made it very clear that they wanted to see action. so we need arab leadership and arab participation in whatever the u.n. decides to do. so we're working as we speak to try to get international support, which is very important, because unilateral action would not be the best approach. it would have all kinds of unintended consequences.
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international action with arab leadership and participation, we think, is the way to go. >> reporter: your husband, the former president, last week said we've got the planes. we should do it. >> well, we do think that among the actions that have to be considered by the united nations, the no-fly zone is one of them, but it's not the only one. there are other actions that need to be also evaluated. and we are putting everything on the table. our u.n. team is working very closely with other members of the security council. and we hope to be able to, you know, move forward in a way that does respond to some of the requests by the libyan opposition. >> what if it'sç too late? >> well, andrea, we're very aware of the actions of the gadhafi regime. we deeply regret his callous disregard of human life, his absolute willingness to slaughter his own people. but we think that there is a lot
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that can be done if we can reach international agreement on what should be done. >> there are more casualties in bahrain, the saudis intervened, the uae and others moved in. even after you had appealed for calm and expressed your deep concerns. what does that say about the u.s./saudi relationship? defense secretary gates was in bahrain only last friday and had no heads up that this was going to happen. >> i know. i think it's fair to say from everything we are seeing that the situation in bahrain is alarming. we are in touch with the highest levels of the bahraini government today as we have been for the last period of time. and our message is consistent and strong. there is no way to resolve the concerns of the bahraini people through the use of excessive force or security crackdowns.
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there have to be political negotiations that lead to a political resolution. we have urged all the parties including the gulf countries to pursue a political resolution. that is what we are pushing along with others who are concerned by what they see happening. we would remind the bahraini government of their obligation to protect medical facilities and to facilitate the treatment of those who might be injured in any of the demonstrations and to exercise the greatest restraint, get to the negotiating table and resolve the differences in bahrain peacefully politically. >> they're ignoring us so far. is there anything more thatç y can do? >> well, we are very concerned and have reached out to a lot of different partners. there's a lot of the same messages coming in from across europe and the region to the bahraini government.
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and, in fact, one of our assistant secretaries for the region is actually there working on a literally hour-by-hour basis. we do not think this is in the best interests of bahrain. we consider bahrain a partner. we have worked with them. we think they're on the wrong track. and we think that the wrong track is going to really affect adversely the ability of the bahraini government to bring about the political reform that everyone says is needed. >> and you went to tahrir square. an emotional experience to walk in that square. at the same time, women have been kept out of the new government. and there are some concerns that they are moving too quickly here in egypt to create a new constitution without developing political parties and being more thoughtful about what it requires to create a democracy. >> well, first, going to tahrir square was exhilarating. it was a tremendous personal
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experience to be there and to see egyptians with smiles on their faces, saying hello, welcoming me to the new egypt, that was an extraordinary, uplifting experience. i know and the egyptian people know because i've been talking with a broad cross-section of egyptians that translating the enthusiasm and the energy of tahrir square into the political and economic reforms necessary to establish a strong functioning democracy, more jobs for people, a real sense of a challenge, but they're up for that challenge. i feel very good about what the egyptians are doing. it is an egyptian project, an egyptian story. they are making their own history. the jats stands ready to assist in any way that is appropriate. but this is being molded by
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egyptians themselves as is only proper. i told them that they have a 7,000-year-old civilization. we're a young country, but we're the oldest democracy. so we stand ready to help them as they navigate into this very exciting period of period of th and storied history. >> as she leaves egypt, secretary clinton is now heading to tunisia where all of these revolutions first started. >> andrea is traveling with the secretary. go to andrea.msnbc.com. what story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? that's next. [ male announcer ] if you're only brushing,
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and developing now, some new information and disturbing information just into us. the "new york times" now says that four of its journalists reporting on the conflict in libya have gone missing.
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editors at theç "new york time say they were last in touch with their journalists on tuesday morning. they received second hand reports that the reporting team had been swept up by libyan government forces in the port city of ajdabiya. the missing journalists can include anthony shadid, twice winner of the pull list ter prize, stephen farrell antoine photographers tyler hicks and lindsay adario. also we should point out, of course, it has been a dangerous place for journalists to be reporting in the arab world given all of these uprisings in the arab world and we're certainly all praying that those four journalists from the "new york times" who are missing are safe. all right. turning now to politics, which political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? contributor and managing editor of post politics.com chris cizzilla joins us now. >> good to see you, norah.
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>> the democratic national committee and who heads it in tim kaine increasingly likely he'll run for the senate. what's the latest who may lead the dnc. >> we've got a lot of moving parts. i think we're looking at two the front runners, ted strickland, jonathan martin at politico reported last night that ted strickland is definitely in the mix, the former governor of ohio. the other person who is absolutely in the mix is the former governor of michigan, jennifer granholm. they could go outside and pick. the president can pick who he likes and ho wants. i think either one of them potentially appealing. a dark horse, debbie wasserman schultz may be lookinging to expand her portfolio a little. it's a lot of the work but keep an eye on her too. >> we also, president obama released his bracket. i guess he has georgetown at least going to the second round. >> he probably has them going as
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far as i çdo, norah. >> there you go. all right, the president's pick they announced today. chris cizzilla, thanks so much. the president's spokesman is briefing now. jay carney. he was just ask about the report about the "new york times" about four journalists that have gone missing. jay carney saying they strongly urge the libyan government to protect those journalists. we'll have more. that does it for this edition of andrea mitchell reports. " tamron hall has a look what's next on "news nation." >> we'll follow up on the breaking news. we are following the developments out of japan where the pentagon is taking new steps to keep american forces safe in the danger zone. all u.s. service members have now been ordered to stay at least 50 miles away from the nuclear power plant. i'll talk with a marine who is there working with the relief effort. this as the top, the world's top
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